We all know how terrible it is to come home after a long day of work and find that your carpets are flooded. Every now and then, an accident can happen. You might have a pipe burst or maybe your dog knocked over the coffee pot. In these moments, it's important to act quickly to prevent things from getting worse! This blog post is going to teach you how to save your flooded carpets with some simple tricks that will work for any situation.
Remove all the water from the carpet
The best way to do this is with a wet/dry vacuum. Make sure to use the extension tubes when you are sucking up water from deep in your carpet, because the machine won't be able to suck it out otherwise!
Water in carpets can be very damaging because it can ruin the padding underneath. If a water line breaks, you should turn off your home's main power supply to prevent electrical shocks and further damage!
Apply absorbent materials
After vacuuming out as much water from your carpet as possible, you will need something that is going to soak up any additional moisture in the carpet. A great way to do this is by using common household items like paper towels or rags. Another option would be cat litter since it absorbs liquids very well! Just sprinkle some over the top of any damp areas and let them sit there until they dry up all on their own.
Dry out the carpet with Fans
To dry out the carpets, you will need to set up fans in the room and point them at your carpet. Turn off all of your home's heating and cooling systems since they can add moisture to your air, which would just be counterproductive! Set the fans on top of chairs so that they are blowing directly onto the wet areas and let them sit there for a day or two until they are fully air-dry. Depending on how much water is in your carpets, it may take more than one cycle with fresh paper towels/cat litter before you notice everything is completely dried up again.
Use vinegar to remove the smell of mold or mildew
If your carpets are still smelling like mildew or mold after everything has dried up, then you should try to use vinegar! It is naturally antibacterial which allows it to remove the smell. Just pour some onto a rag and rub it all over any damp areas of carpeting (if they aren't too soaked with water). Let the vinegar sit there for about 15 minutes before rinsing out with clean water again. This will also help if something spilled that made your carpets stink in the first place!
Rinse your carpets with clean water
This will remove any residual vinegar from the carpet, as well as help to ensure that they are clean again.
Spray a mildew-resistant cleaner
After you rinsed out your carpets with clean water and removed all of the smell of mold or mildew, it is time to spray on some kind of disinfectant. This will help to kill off any germs that are lingering on your carpets, which is very important if you have pets or children crawling around all over the floor.
Mop floors with vinegar mixed with dish soap to clean
After you have finished spraying down your carpets, it is a good idea to mop the floors with vinegar and dish soap. This will help remove any particles of dirt or dust that may be trapped in cracks on the flooring! After all of this hard work, hopefully everything turned out great and your flooded carpets are no longer an issue. You can rest easy knowing that they look better than ever before!
After all of this hard work, hopefully everything turned out great and your flooded carpets are no longer an issue. You can rest easy knowing that they look better than ever before!